Breckenridge Creative Arts hosts Handmade Holiday Market this weekend
If you go
What: Handmade Holiday Market, hosted by Breckenridge Creative Arts
When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7
Where: Breckenridge Arts District, located on the corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue, just off of Main Street
Cost: Admission is free; all items priced less than $50
More information: Visit http://www.breckcreate.org
From Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7, Breckenridge Creative Arts will host a Handmade Holiday Market in the Breckenridge Arts District, located on the corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue, just off Main Street.
Visitors can stroll the campus with a warm cup of cider or cocoa, visit the decorated historic structures and enjoy music and arts demonstrations at the various studios. Local and visiting artisans will be selling fine crafts, including jewelry, ceramics, candles, accessories and more, with no gift item priced more than $50.
“Most of the wares featured at the market are made by regional artists that instruct in the Arts District,” said Jenn Cram, Arts District manager. “The event provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to wander through our campus and meet our artists. Through the live demonstrations, we hope to inspire people to come back and try a new craft themselves.”
MEET THE ARTISTS
Throughout the weekend, each studio will be animated with local and regional artists demonstrating their unique skills and craftsmanship. Highlights include artists Yvonne Kuennen, demonstrating a unique process for making jewelry, and Chris Hosbach, mesmerizing viewers with altering ceramic forms thrown on the wheel. On Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Denver artist Jennifer Ghormley will be demonstrating woodblock printing onto fabric with a printing press.
“I will talk about the kind of wood that I use and the tools that I use and how to carve it and prepare the block, the kinds of inks that I use and why, how to apply the ink to the wood block, placing the fabric on top and running it through the printing press,” she said.
At the Handmade Holiday Market, Ghormley will be selling her artwork, including unique, mixed-media wall hangings, greeting cards adorned with miniature, original woodblock prints and printed kitchen towels.
“I use that process of woodblock printing on the fabric, and I turn it into functional and decorative dishcloths,” she said. “I’ll also have hand-pulled greeting cards and recycled sketchbooks that are made from the scraps of my other art-making, and I’ll discuss that during my demonstration, as well. The towels are my version of a ceramic mug, something beautiful and decorative that people love to use every day.”
ARTS DISTRICT WORKSHOPS
In addition to the weekend market, Breckenridge Creative Arts will feature a variety of holiday-themed classes and workshops for adults, children and families throughout the month of December.
Here’s a peek at what’s in the lineup for the coming week. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for a complete schedule:
• Holiday Cards for Kids (4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, Quandary Antiques Cabin) — Children ages 7 and older will draw holiday-themed objects such as reindeer, snowmen and Santa on cardstock; $20, includes all materials.
• Matisse Stained Glass Windows with Janis Bunchman (4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, Quandary Antiques Cabin) — Using cellophane and construction paper, students ages 7 and older will create designs influenced by Henri Matisse to hang in and illuminate a window; $25, includes all materials.
• Exploring Watercolors with Nancy Branca (6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, Fuqua Livery Stable) — $50, includes all materials.
• Oil Painting for Beginners with Amy Evans (1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, Fuqua Livery Stable) — This class will cover all the basics of painting “alla prima” in oils, including color mixing, brushwork, values, and composition; $45, plus materials list provided or $12 material fee.
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